Life at thatgamecompany

thatgamecompany is an award winning game developer that sees games as an entertainment medium, not just a software product. We design and develop artistically crafted, broadly accessible video games that push the boundaries of interactive entertainment.

By shifting our perspective on what it means to create a game, TGC aims to create a welcoming environment where video game developers can come together to create truly great and innovative games. We seek talent that values integrity and personal growth within an environment of intense collaboration and experimentation.

All full-time positions offer an industry competitive package of salary and benefits and are on-site in our office located in Santa Monica, California - neighboring Riot Games and Naughty Dog. We are funded by Benchmark Capital and are looking for diverse talent to grow our studio. All hires are expected to contribute to making our studio a more inclusive, positive environment for great people and great work to flourish and grow.

If you feel an affinity for our work and wish to make a meaningful contribution to our mission, please apply here.

Current Openings…

   

Graphics Engineer

This is a graphics specialization role focused on lower-level programming. Because we believe games can provide meaningful entertainment for everyone (not just the traditional gaming audience), we always strive to make our graphics both timeless and approachable.

The goal in this role is to deliver the kind of visual spectacle and rich moment-to-moment feedback that helped define our last game, Journey — which earned recognition as 2012’s Game of the Year in part due to the visual spectacle of its graphics technology.

This role requires a candidate who:

  • Is skilled at writing state-of-the-art real-time graphics algorithms
  • Has a keen aesthetic sense
  • Has a desire to see the medium of games mature and increase in relevance for people around the world

You will be more likely to enjoy this role if you:

  • Value autonomy and personal responsibility
  • Believe in the practice of rapid prototyping and relentless iteration
  • Desire to contribute to experimental video games
   
   

Feel Engineer

We are a small studio dedicated to crafting unique and high quality interactive experiences, and we are looking for a talented designer-programmer hybrid who will collaborate with both the engineering and design teams. The goal in this role is to drive the creation of core gameplay and technical systems and tools highly-tuned for the level of rich feedback and player immersion that helped define our last game, Journey — widely considered 2012’s Game of the Year.

An example week for this person might be: Attend a user playtest and discover the need for a new camera feature to improve the game’s design. Program the camera feature and jump into the level editor to test and refine its implementation. Then, improve the level editor to enable the rest of the design team to make full use of your new feature in future levels. Of course, the role isn’t limited to just camera features. Any interactive system applies — procedural animation, cloth simulation, player controls, AI creatures — use your imagination!

This role requires a candidate who:

  • Has experience crafting technical systems that enable gameplay (either alone or with a small team)
  • Is proficient in C or C++ for quickly prototyping 3D gameplay
  • Is skilled at creating fluid user interactions with rich feedback
  • Enjoys enabling team members by improving the creative pipeline 
  • is comfortable with cross-disciplinary work and collaboration

You will be more likely to enjoy this job if you:

  • Seek adventure and uncertainty in exploring experimental and risky game concepts
  • Believe in the practice of rapid prototyping and relentless iteration
  • Have a desire to create meaningful, enriching experiences that touch and inspire players

For a better grasp of the scope and expectations of this role, please see our sample feel engineer test.

   
   

Senior Gameplay Engineer

The Senior Gameplay Engineer will be responsible for creating the most impactful interactive moments with the simplest possible execution. Our games rely on rich moment-to-moment feedback systems to accentuate a player’s actions and create a living world. We’re looking for a someone to bring our game worlds to life.

Some broad examples of the types of systems a person in this role might work on:

  • Creature behaviors
  • Procedural animation and basic sims (e.g. particles, constraint systems)
  • Surface deformation and feedback

This role requires a candidate with:

  • 4+ years implementing interactive systems in C or C++
  • Design sense for how feedback systems enhance game-feel and evoke emotions
  • Strong taste for delivering elegant visual feedback at reasonable cost on CPU and GPU
  • Ability to scope and direct features to meet high-level goals for player experience
  • Comfortable incorporating feedback and communicating cross-discipline

You will be more likely to enjoy this job if you:

  • Believe in the practice of rapid prototyping and relentless iteration
  • Enjoy a minimal “data-oriented” approach to code, free of cumbersome abstraction
   
   

Senior Level Designer

As game designers we think of spaces as the context for player interactions – particularly mulitplayer interactions.  We rely on spatial arrangements to create our games’ underlying drama – from the basic rhythms of rising and falling to creating a sense of choice, and even influencing how players relate to one another.  In addition to the artistic side, each level is responsible for teaching the player how to play, while also delivering key emotional and narrative beats via interactivity.  We’re looking for an experienced level designer with a passion for making powerful moments out of minimal mechanics.

This role requires a candidate who:

  • Is experienced shipping titles at a professional level
  • Has strong experience designing 3D levels in support of an interactive narrative
  • Has scripting experience (e.g. lua, C#, visual programming like Blueprint)
  • Has a flair for visual framing, pacing, and flow
  • Appreciates the process of playtesting and iteration

You will be more likely to excel in this role if you:

  • Are experienced in crafting for the unique needs of multiplayer games
  • Are proficient with Maya
  • Are proficient in C/C++
  • Have art skills such as sketching, digital painting, and 3D modelling